This will take a while so fix yourself a snack, grab something to drink, put up your feet and enjoy.
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The first gift requires a little background. Last October Heather wanted to take part in the Warrior Dash Marathon in St Louis. It's a 5 K run with 12 obstacles .... wiggling under barbed wire, climbing up cargo nets, crawling through mud, walking across balance beams, climbing over walls, jumping over fire.... you get the idea, not everyones idea of fun. The only person she could convince to do it with her was Cory.... although Amanda and Roger did attend to give moral support (and poke fun at) the contestants... and to take photos. It's my understanding that Amanda spent most of the time grumbling about "being cold" while Heather and Cory were crawling through mud and being spayed with hoses.
This is a photo of the two "warriors"
The obstacle that Cory dreaded most was the fire pits... Heather said he jumped really high and cleared the fires with room to spare. Looks pretty scary to me!
Now for the gift. Heather drew Cory's name so she made him a trophy commemorating his mighty leap.
She sculpted Cory in polymer clay and has him leaping over the fire. The plaque on the front reads "Cory Smith, The Ultimate Warrior, 2011" The actual gift is in the bottom of the trophy.
Close up of PC Cory. She did a marvelous job, it looks just like Cory.
Next up is Cory... this year he drew Sarah's name. Some of you may remember a couple years ago Sarah had Cory's name and she won the contest with her rendition of "Cadaver Dog Darby"
I tried adding a link but it didn't work so if you would like to see "Cadaver Dog Darby" go to Jan 12 2010 on this blog. For those who haven't seen it, it's worth taking a look.
Anyway Cory's gift wrapping this year is payback for poor Darby... who, by the way is alive and well. Be forewarned that Sarah and Cory are a little weird... and not for the faint of heart.
Sarah is a college student taking classes to become an X-ray tech.... she was on a waiting list for a year before she got into the program and after a semester she discovered she hates it (she is changing her major next semester!) .... mostly she hates the enemas and other other bodily functions..... I tell you this to prepare you for the "gift"
As you can see Sarah's gift is wrapped as a large paper mache posterior..... I will leave it to you imagination on how she had to retrieve her gift. "Yes", I do have photos and "No" I will not show them to you. The butterfly tattoo is cool.
Sarah's wrapped a gift for Eric. A couple years ago Eric and Brad went on European tour with Eric's parents. While there Eric became interested in the British Royal Family, he now collects tins and china related to the "royals'. Sarah borrowed one of my antique dress forms and fashioned a paper mache head of Queen Elizabeth. She found several tins and china items, one was in the head and the others throughout the body.
Here is Eric helping the Queen wave to the on lookers. Eric wanted to save the head but unfortunately the only was to get to the gift was pull the head apart.... poor Queen! Lily latched on to the Queen's crown and pearls.
Eric drew Patty's name. Patty and Eugene love wine, one of their favorite past times is to visit the local wineries... and of course sample the wine. Eric got her some beautiful ruby red wine glasses and concealed them in a giant wine bottle.
I will show you the gift Patty wrapped later. She had Roger's name.
Roger drew my name. As my friends know last summer I had a little mishap in the kitchen... just a little grease fire that damaged the stove and lit the cabinet on fire. No big deal, I put it out myself, the repairs took a couple month, alls well that ends well.... I got a new stove and kitchen re-do.
The gift wrapping was in the form of a stove with a pan of grease blazing away.... one little fire and they never let you forget ... sheez!!
The oven door opens and the gift... the Dremel Stylus that was on my Santa list, was concealed inside.... wrapped in brochures from the local old folks home. How subtle is that?
My gift was wrapped as a section of the original Mario Bros game. I had big plans, I did research, I found photos, I found music, I had it pictured in my head. I wanted Mario to move along a track... with the original music playing... the track would allow him to jump into the tube, slide down a wire, land on a button that would turn on the lower chamber music, the lights would come on and everyone would be sooooo impressed. Sounds like a winner to me!!
I explained my plans to grandson Brandon, who is a member of the high school Botball team and Roger who teaches computer science and is working on his PhD.... both nodded and gave me a knowing look...like, lets humor the old girl.... both said they would give it some thought. Easy peasy right? I don't think I was asking to much, do you?
So here is my non-mechanical gift wrapping. I made the Mario and Mushroom guy with polymer clay. Heather helped me duct tape and draw the graphics... the inside does light up... all in all it turned out pretty well.... no thanks to the two "you know who's". And Nick liked it, that's what counts.
P.S. Duct tape is a wonderful thing. Did you know it comes in a wide array of colors and now in prints too? Several of the gift wrappers used my supply of duct tape. Heather laughed at me when I bought a roll of every color.... ha... who's laughing now!
Here it is lit up... if you look closely you can see Mario on top of the green tube.
Moving right along.
Nick wrapped a gift for his granddad. Lynn likes old Hollywood detective "film noir" movies so Nick got him several DVD's and the book "The Best American Noir of the Century"
The gift has Bogart being smacked on the head with a present, the others are concealed inside his jacket.
Time for Intermission
That concludes the first half of the gift wrapping saga... tomorrow I will start with Lynn's gift for Eugene. The 2nd half has more traditional style gifts..... and of course the Winner.... so please stay tuned!!